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Our Classes

Sketching Flora and Fauna


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next session starts Mar 22, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

This sketchbook class will help you learn to observe and draw animals, birds, and botanicals. Previous sketching experience, or attendance in one of Ed’s past sketching classes is suggested, but not required. Highly motivated new students willing to learn by doing are welcome. We will start with speed drills, and then spend time on more sustained drawings and studies. Learn to become a voracious observer of nature! *No Class: 4/19.

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Figure Drawing


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 22, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

In this class we’ll be working from a live (clothed) model. Class will begin with short poses, gesture drawing warm ups; followed by longer poses and more sustained drawings. An additional donation for the model’s time is encouraged. Some previous drawing experience is recommended, but Ed believes that the best way to learn to draw human beings is not from a book, or from YouTube, but simply to be fearless, abandon expectations of results, and just jump in and start drawing. The more you work from life, the more life teaches you! *No Class: 4/19.

The Why, How, and Who of Finding A Mental Health Therapist


with Violet Hart

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 22, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jun 21, 2024

‘Therapy’ is not a dirty word. But even when we want it, figuring out how to get it can feel like an insurmountable challenge. This one-night course will change that. Through both practical and emotional means, we’ll explore: finding accredited therapists, understanding insurance requirements, determining if your therapist is a good match (and what to do if they aren’t), and much more.

Draw, Draw with Paint, Paint!


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 23, 2024 at 11 am, runs for 10 weeks
1 additional session on Jun 22, 2024

In this class we will start out drawing in black and white with graphite and/ or charcoal. We’ll look at measuring, size relationships, and object placement. Then we’ll segue to drawing with a brush and draw en grisaille whereby we use: just black, white, and gray paint. This will allow us to think about and get a firm grasp of value (our lights to darks). During the last weeks of class we’ll explore limited color palettes, but get maximum mileage out of the colors we are using, as we’ll continue to see color in terms of value. You'll come away having honed drawing skills, begun training your eye to see subtle shifts in light to dark, and gained color mixing knowledge. Join us as we draw, both traditionally and with a brush, and gradually move toward incorporating color. *No Class: 4/20, 5/18, 6/8.

Pilates Level One w/ Barbara


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 25, 2024 at 5:15 pm, runs for 6 weeks

If you are familiar with the principles of Pilates and/or have completed the Intro to Mat Pilates w/ Barbara offering you are ready to get down to some practical work. A brief review of basic techniques that underpin all Pilates exercises and then on to foundation exercises and progressive exercises. Joseph Pilates said: "In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body." Let's continue to work toward your postural, musculoskeletal alignment and development,and safe movement. **No Class: 4/15. ***Please bring your own mat.

The Enneagram & Self-Awareness: An Introduction


with Ben Campbell

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 25, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on May 16, 2024

Learn how to use the Enneagram as a tool for self-awareness in this introductory session. Combining traditional mindfulness practice with the practical knowledge of modern psychology, the Enneagram helps us grow in a way that is compassionate, fascinating, and helpful. This session will include a brief meditation, a teaching, journaling prompts, and small group exercises with other participants.

Restorative Yoga


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 25, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks
1 additional session on Apr 22, 2024

Restorative yoga is a practice of conscious relaxation using props in every posture to support your muscles in gentle, comfortable positions. There are NO Downward Facing Dog and Cobra that are keystones of other popular yoga styles. Poses include gentle supine twists, supported forward folds, and hip openers. The poses are held from 3 to 30 minutes giving your body plenty of time to relax so that your mind can enter a quiet meditative state. Blocks and bolsters provided. Please bring your mat, blankets, and other favorite supports. *No Class: 4/15.

Tai Chi Easy™ with Robin


with Robin Brooks

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 26, 2024 at 1:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Join Robin to learn about the many health benefits of practicing tai chi. Tai Chi Easy™ is a health-enhancement system that includes a gentle qigong (chee-gong) warm-up, breathing practices, self-massage, a modified Yang-style tai chi form. We will discover how to nurture our Qi, or vital life force, while engaging in the practices. This class is for everyone. Please contact Robin if you have any questions. Optional book to purchase: The Healer Within by Roger Jahnke, OMD. ***NO CLASS: 4/16.

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